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Arise and Shine: Laments From The Darkness, Songs Of The Light Perfect Paperback – September 21, 2011
About the Author
AN INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR:
This collection of poems is about love, loss and transformation that came out of the personal struggles in my life. After countless attempts to cope with and understand those struggles, I found that poetry was the only way I could make sense of and ultimately rise above them. I heard many similar stories from others about their inner turmoil and suffering. But when we shared poetry, we felt a deeper sense of kinship on a more soulful level.
For me, poetry is a profound expression of the soul and reflective of my philosophy about life, poetry and writing in general. The title Arise and Shine: Laments of the Darkness, Songs of the Light expresses my belief that most of us can transcend our personal struggles and how we may conquer our greatest fears. This book illuminates the duality and illusions of opposites... the dark and ...the light.
This book is a visual journey through poems that range from Solitary Tears to Transfiguration and every transformative experience along the path to the formation of a personal presence through the power of one s voice. The purpose of writing it was to provide both enjoyment and inspiration to those who have or will encounter challenges as well as those who have overcome them. For those of us who have wrestled their inner demons and triumphed in the end, I believe you might relate to the losses and overcoming them that are contained herein. I also trust that this collection of poems can provide guidance and hope to those still struggling to find their unique voice.
As a licensed psychotherapist for over 25 years, I ve witness firsthand a myriad of broken relationships, depression, addiction and the correlating sorrow involved for all concerned. I, too, struggled with my own issues with depression and serious physical challenges as well as lost love and deep sorrow. Though over the years, I have facilitated positive outcomes for people in crisis, I decided to write about these challenges and my own as a universal via verse.
I hope you enjoy the book!
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Ms. Schultz brings a gentle touch that will ignite the soul of the reader. She is a gloriously talented poet and author. One whose talent will surely shine purely through the ages.
This book was worth every penny and then some. Magnificently written, with brilliant photography and paintings that share the mood and soul of the verse.
the enjoyment of my trip. Laura Schultz has the ability to immerse you into her world and then realize it is also yours. I equate this book with Van Gogh's art in written words. A beautiful book you can experience over and over. I would give it a 10 if I could.
In "Songs of the Light," Schultz brings the reader along as she climbs out of the darkness, rediscovering nature's miracles, letting go, finding love, and rejoicing over tiny bursts of sunlight that were previously unable to be seen or appreciated.
The poet brilliantly explores the themes of darkness and light with glorious imagery and clarity of thought. Complementing Schultz's words are paintings by Ruth Schultz Rudolf and photographs by Anton Mueller. All combine to make a truly special book. I have already read it multiple times, each time discovering new treasures, as I suspect will be the case with many readers. A true work of art.
Rise and Shine: Laments From the Darkness, Songs of the Light, is a timeless work of art, which will undoubtedly be savoured by all who love great poetry.